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The W - Pro Wrestling - On This (Yester)Day: WCW Saturday Night - May 4, 1996
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The day I’ve been fearing for quite some time came to fruition on Friday when my 3 year old laptop’s overheating problems won out, and took with it the hard drive. This was stuck in between one of my closest friends’ bachelor party and subsequent wedding (congratulations Brian and Danyelle!), so the weekend on the whole has been hectic. As a result – uber late Saturday Night recap.
All that to be said; this is coming to you from a brand new laptop complete with the Windows 8 Experience that I’m painfully trying to get used to.
WCW threw me a bone however; with a 1 hour softball of a Saturday Night show that will make this recapper’s life a little less gray. Join me won’t ya?
TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES are all up in my business. They refuse to bury the lead, the Giant is your NEW WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Luger, surprisingly, is YOUR #1 contender and gets the shot later. MARCUS BAGWELL crashes the party to wish Luger the best tonight. He affirms that Luger’s a good guy, but the fans aren’t buying it.
Benoit chops at Barbarian, which seems to enrage the savage. Benoit is caught, and given overhead presses, but he escapes the slam. They head to the outside, where Chris slams Barbarian face first into the ringsteps, and chokes him out with the TV cable in what’s a fairly uncomfortable visual. Back in, Benoit clotheslines Barbarian for 2. German with a bridge gets 2. Benoit looks frustrated, hits a rolling German which he turns into an overhead belly to belly. Up top, and the swandive misses! The rarely dominated Barbarian tries to salvage something, and powerbombs Benoit HARD, but Chris kicks out at 2. Crucifix is attempted by Benoit, but it’s blocked by an atomic drop for 2. Kick of fear misses; and Barbarian gets tied up. Benoit attacks the leg, and gets himself DQed for refusing to stop at 4:28. ARN ANDERSON heads down to congratulate Chris on a job well done. **
LEE MARSHALL talks to the Horsemen; and Benoit’s fired up. He gets in Arn’s face, and asks him where he was when Flair lost the belt? He says the Dungeon can’t be trusted, and he owes his loyalty to the Horsemen. KEVIN SULLIVAN storms in as usual. Benoit: “What’s your claim to fame? That you slapped a Horseman?” Arn tries to mediate, but Benoit and Sullivan ain’t having that.
And now very special look at Konan. Instead of special looks at him, how ‘bout defending the US title once in awhile?
State Patrol clubbers on Scott to start, and you KNOW that can’t end well for them. Clotheslines for everyone courtesy the brothers Steiner, and the ring is cleared. MARCUS BAGWELL joins commentary to put over Luger some more, but talking about Luger spending the day at a charity golf tournament. This is so transparent it’s not even funny. Scott flattens Parker with a tilt-a-whirl slam. And then, to make me happy, we get the SCREWDRIVER which of course ends it at 2:42. *1/2
Backstage, the Steiners accuse “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND for rigging the Slamboree draw – making them the first wrestlers in history who have managed to catch the obvious. Gene blames the girls who chose the names, not himself. Gene doesn’t just throw you under the bus, he dons the hat and drives it.
This is Kidman’s WCW debut as far as I know; and man oh man is he skinny. Dusty of course calls him “Billay Kid”. They trade armdrags, which gets Kidman to offer the hand of friendship, legit. I don’t care for this sportsmanship. Kidman takes Wright down and drops a knee over the shoulder several times. Wright comes back with the Northern Lights. Bagwell continues to suck Luger’s kneecaps on commentary. Wright drives his knee into Kidman’s face trying to draw a submission. Released, and Kidman hits a dropkick. Mat submissions eat up a ton of time, and let’s not kid(man) ourselves – these are NOT the guys who should be trying to slow it down. Wright hits a spinning heel kick, and follows with a belly to back for 2. Kidman retaliates with a tornado bulldog, and heads up to finish with the first Shooting Star Press appearance!! However, the move hurts Kidman and he can’t get the pin. Wright recovers and finishes with the German at 6:21. Say it with me … BOOOOORING. *1/2
MARCUS BAGWELL wanders out in place of Lex Luger for the main event to let us know that Luger has no-showed. He knows “without a shadow of a doubt” that something bad has happened, and hopes that Luger arrives. THE GIANT comes out and asks if instead of talking for Lex, maybe he’ll do his wrestling instead?
THE GIANT (with Jimmy Hart) vs. MARCUS BAGWELL (for the WCW World Heavyweight title)
Bagwell comes out firing with the punches, but Giant just shoves him off. The big clotheslines miss, but Bagwell’s crossbody just sees him bounce off Giant. Two Chokeslams finish at 0:55. I kinda dug the booking here. *
Giant continues his assault, and now LEX LUGER is on the scene?? Giant just walks away, while Luger checks on Buff. So now the question is, did Luger “no-show” on a Jimmy Hart pay-off, or was he legitimately playing golf?
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND wants answers from Luger. Lex calls himself a victim of circumstance. Gene promises to get to the bottom of this … after a commercial break!
VP of Legal, GARY JUSTER is asked to grant Luger a title shot on Nitro. The Executive Committee apparently believes Luger deserves his shot, and will get it Monday. Luger promises to the fan who want to see the match, he’ll give it his best effort. If you’re familiar with the Luger career trajectory; you’ll know his “best” usually means choking.
In a perfect world, we find out that Bagwell prevented Luger from showing up in order to steal his title shot, kicking off a heel turn en route to winning the TV Title. Will it happen? You’ll need to stay tuned. (Spoiler: This is WCW … don’t bank on it!)

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.61
    Originally posted by cfgb

    In a perfect world, we find out that Bagwell prevented Luger from showing up in order to steal his title shot, kicking off a heel turn en route to winning the TV Title. Will it happen? You’ll need to stay tuned. (Spoiler: This is WCW … don’t bank on it!)

Must have been an error with the new laptop....What was originally typed must have been is: The double chokeslam is the last anyone sees or hears of Marcus Alexander Bagwell as a path of destruction occurs on the flotsam and jetsam of the up, Nasty Boys and Public Enemy. (Spoiler: This is WCW..don't bank on it!)

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.23
Who is the Television Champion right now?

One thing I miss about the Big Show is he doesn't chokeslam anymore. I don't know what I miss more the actual slam or his pose and yell after the fact.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.20
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Who is the Television Champion right now?

Lex Luger; he defeated Johnny B. Badd at a house show on 3/6/96, which was folded into an actual episode of WCW Saturday Night.


World Heavyweight: The Giant (2nd reign; since 4/22/96)
U.S. Heavyweight: Konnan (1st; 1/29/96)
World Cruiserweight: Dean Malenko (1st; 5/2/96)*
*Will air on tape delay on 5/18's WorldWide broadcast. As far as anyone else knows, it's still Shinjiro Otani, in his 1st reign.
World Television: Lex Luger (2nd; 3/6/96)
World Tag Team: Sting and Lex Luger (1st combined; 1st for Sting; 2nd for Luger; 1/22/96)

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Pfft. Please. There was so much going on in WCW at the time you can't single out Hogan as the only top guy and you can't blame him for people turning WCW off "in droves", especially since they didn't.
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